Allah, the Glorious!

Mohamedarif Suleman (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)

Ok, so enough about what is perennially wrong in our societies and in the world in general. Yes, of course, we now have an inkling about the way in which the old hadith about falsehood being made to appear truthful and sincerity being shown as lies, has finally come to manifest in our midst. Taking advantage of this glorious month leading to the Holy Month of Ramadhan (may Allah SWT grant us the opportunity to be present again), let us swerve our attention to the chief reason amongst all for this endemic ad collective tragedies of our world. In sum, it is the lack of understanding about creation and the creator or the direct opposition to there being a God that destines and decrees the mechanics of this life, whether down here in lowly earth or in the aspirational Martian life that we hear profoundly about.

The lack of appreciation, for instance, that our every bodily function derives its power from the Creator (“bi-hawlillahi wa quwwatihi aqumu wa aq`ud” (by the power of Allah and His strength I rise and I sit), that the inner body functions of microbiology that makes us possible to live life the way we do, are all little creatures in subservience of Allah’s glorious plan of creation, where each life depends on the other. (And He has granted you all that you asked Him for. If you tried to count Allah’s blessings, you would never be able to number them. Indeed humankind is truly unfair, ?totally? ungrateful. – Sura Ibrahim: 34)

The weather systems that propel subsistence and migration of species, follows the plan and commandment of Allah (SWT) in delivering to humankind the ability to inhabit, and show thanks. And there are many more such examples that if pondered upon can blow our minds.

(Fair in the eyes of men is the love of things they covet: Women and sons; Heaped-up hoards of gold and silver; horses branded (for blood and excellence); and (wealth of) cattle and well-tilled land. Such are the possessions of this world’s life; but in nearness to Allah is the best of the goals (To return to). – Sura Aali Imraan: 14) This verse is probably the reason why there are so many issues that are tearing the world apart. The love of these things and the battles that then ensue for assuming power and control over them.

And while we, as the Muslim ummah, have been made privy to these prophecies and have been granted access to the guides that interpreted to us the meanings, through their word and actions, we chose to confine that to our tongues and lips, while reverting to our cultural practices of hurting others so long as we can emerge on top for the very things that this verse talks about. And as our lives spiral into an unknown junction, confusion and chaos will exponentially grow owing to our having forsaken His commandments and the understanding of His Being.

We ought to contemplate and return to Him in spirit before we return in tangible form, so that our purpose of creation is fulfilled, away from the distractions we occupy ourselves with each moment.

“Subhana rabbika rabbil ‘izzati amma yasifun wa salamun alal mursalin wal hamdulillahi rabbil ‘alamin”

“Glory to thy Lord the Lord, of Honour and Power! (He is free) from what they ascribe (to Him)! And Peace on the Messengers! And praise to Allah, the Lord and Cherisher of the Worlds.” (Surah as-Saaffat, 180-182)

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About the author

Mohamedarif is a marketing professional and educationalist with a penchant for writing as a hobby since childhood. As he experimented writing about sporting events at first and then current affairs, he quickly developed a skill for observation of his environment and began to write on reform topics, especially in connection with the community. To further feed his pursuit of writing, he founded several newsletters and bulletins at his school and at the Husayni Madrasah in the 1980's, all the time learning from others already in the field not just about writing, but also about pre-press and production processes. He was also the editor-in-chief of the Knowledge Magazine in 1995–1996. A decade later, importing a flurry of ideas into his new home, Nairobi, he first founded a two page community newspaper then became a regular writer of the Friday Faculty before establishing the Community on Friday, a fully fledged Madrasah magazine in 1996. And while his writing at the community continued, he simultaneously started writing for a business weekly, pairing in with his newfound role as a marketing professional. During his time in Nairobi, he wrote several speeches for sitting chairmen and presidents while also giving some himself, developing his concurrent role as a public speaker and trainer.

With changing times and a decrease in advertising sponsorship, as well as a fall in overall readership, Mohamedarif transformed this publication into an electronic blog. Thus was born the Community on Friday in its present format.

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